05 3 / 2014
Startup Pirates by the eyes of a local organizing team… Take Startup Pirates to your city as well!
When I first heard about Startup Pirates I was already thrilled by the idea and concept of this program and I was very proud that we could be the team that would gather the Pirates here at Cluj Cowork, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, for the first time.
Since then I enjoyed every moment of it, before, during the event and even after the Pirates sailed away - because we still had some photos to share with each other and lots of memories to revive. When Startup Pirates was over I asked the organizing team if they would accept this challenge again, and the answer was obvious: “Yes, we would do it again and again and again!”. So, we are determined to organize it again next year. After this, I asked my team to summarize their experiences regarding the program, so that other people, other organizations can see it, read it and spread the word about this amazing event. The expected result of this would be that other organizations become motivated to take the program to their cities, which on a long term can lead Startup Pirates to conquer the whole world.
If you read this and you are thinking that you are brave enough to organize such event, here are the three things that you need to have to move forward:
- A “crew on your deck” so you can work effectively;
- The will to do it;
- Enough passion and motivation to setup your goals and achieve them.
Organizing this event not only gives you experience and unforgettable memories, but you will also get to know a lot of great ideas, and last but not least, brave Pirates that make these kind of events happen. Because “always be yourself…except when you can be a Pirate…then be a Pirate”! You will not only make connections, but you can benefit from these connections in the future.
Let´s see the opinion of our crew after the event!
Robbert Visser, our host at Cluj Cowork:
“The IT industry from Cluj-Napoca soon will have to change its perspective and instead of outsourcing, they should start focusing on the development of new products. I think its developers should quit their boring, futureless jobs, and instead of doing boring work at an outsourcing company, they should start developing their own ideas. Only with their own successful products and innovation we can build a sustainable economy. The success in the startup world is not necessarily money. The company that develops its own product, has customers, and can pay its workers is already a success. The real value – one that Startup Pirates is also providing – is not the million dollars, but a company that is yours.”
Mircea, responsible for the agenda of Startup Pirates:
“Startup Pirates was the perfect event for people who want to develop web or mobile startup. It was a good combination of mentoring, work and workshops. What I liked in particular was that the schedule was designed to lead the participants through all the major topics in the lean startup methodology, so starting with business model canvas and going through customer validation, product development, user acquisition, marketing and investment. Basically it helped the participants to change their mindset into a more agile and business-oriented one.”
Gergő, our logistic’s guy about Startup Pirates:
“Organizing this event was one of the best memories we had during the last years. It was challenging and in the beginning it was a bit of pain, but seeing the team working together as one, the enthusiasm of the participants, the help of the mentors and speakers was better than a morning coffee and made us more active than the Duracell bunny. The whole program needed effort from our part, but the fact that we spent 6 out of 8 nights out in the city with the Pirates made us forget it. Last but not least, my advice to everyone, as Daniel says, work hard play hard.”
Dhyan, responsible for the content of the program:
“Startup Pirates – Cluj-Napoca was one of the most extensive, practical and fun programs I have ever seen in this space. It really made a difference for the participants - with each and every day passing - you could see how they’d become more and more focused on the things that matter for their startups.”
Kinga, responsible for PR:
“It was an amazing teamwork! Our leader, Heni, was the most inspiring and motivating person, she was a good example for us. Through this project I learnt a lot, especially that our mistakes are also as important as our successes.”
Boróka, responsible for marketing and promotion:
“Startup Pirates brought fresh air to Cluj-Napoca, and we, the organizers felt that right at the moment that we said “Yes, we want to do this”! My main role was to make the Facebook page of this amazing training more attractive, role which I really enjoyed and not only because there were positive feedbacks, but because I love to encourage others. During the week, when we posted updates, photos about the Pirates, I saw enthusiasm, willingness, observation, results, but also fun, humor, joy, things that made our Pirates happy. I think we gave the opportunity to Pirates from Romania to prove that they aren’t less than the Pirates from all over the world. And yes, this means, we are going to make it happen next year too! So until then, be brave, be crazy, be a Pirate!”
We would like to thank the global team, for their patience and endless support, and we would also like to tell them that there are no words to describe their achievement so far with this program, it is amazing, it has meaning and results, and they need to continue showing the rest of the world that Startup Pirates is worth organizing.
Startup Pirates @ Cluj-Napoca is on board, whenever it’s needed! Aaarrrr!
03 3 / 2014
Pirate in Residence: Welcome Daniela Carvalheira, new Pirate aboard!
Ahoy! What can I say? First I need to thank the Pirates for receiving me and giving me the opportunity to be part of this great project.
Why joining? Come on, it´s easy! If you believe in one project and that you can make a difference, you cannot be sitting on the couch doing nothing. You need to stand up and become a pirate! And I’m not doing this just because I want to be different, the most important reason is that I really need to be part of something I believe in.
The motivation to create a business can be the necessity or finding an opportunity. For now I’m not trying to create my own business, I´m working to recruit new pirate organizers. What for? This can create more opportunities to others, they can try to create their own business or just have a new experience.
Oh god! I’m so rude, I did not introduce myself so far! My name is Daniela Carvalheira, I’m 25 years old and my birthday will be next Sunday (9th March) and if you want you can send me a birthday gift :) Ok, you don´t need to send me a birthday gift but you can gift me by accessing the link bellow:
Become an organizer: http://startuppirates.org/become-an-organizer/
I´m Portuguese and now I’m living in Porto, but I already lived for 8 months in Aytus (Lithuania), 3 months in Cambrils (Spain) and another 3 months in Mojacar (Spain). I like to travel and to meet new cultures. I love healthy food, pizza, hotdogs and I really love chips.
Now I’m hungry but I need to focus to finish this blogpost…
I’m now on my last year of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Internalization. Now, if you really want to know me better, we can schedule a Skype call or you can visit Porto and come to our office. I can introduce myself and we can make some plans towards world domination. Oooopsss, not world domination, but we can speak about changing the world, one entrepreneur at a time….
28 2 / 2014
Pirate in Residence: Welcome on board Joanna Pluta
Ahoy! My name is Joanna Pluta and I have had the honor of joining the Startup Pirates’ crew this month.
I come from Poland where I graduated my Bachelor’s studies in Personnel Management at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Now I am doing my Master in Economics at the University of Pisa, Italy. The successive harbor is Porto, Portugal, where the Startup Pirates’ team assumed me as a Pirate in Residence, giving me an amazing opportunity to learn how to sail on unknown, international seas of the Startup World.
My role in the team will be searching for innovation and entrepreneurship bays in Eastern Europe, where Startup Pirates would like to put more sails and spread the entrepreneurial spirit. I will also focus on our Pirates diffused around the world, on their progress and results.
Warsaw, Tallin, Praga, are you there? Be sure that I will reach you and many other cities in Eastern Europe (and not only). Take Startup Pirates to your city! Let’s build a more entrepreneurial 2014!
PS. Yes, it’s a navy hat, but sometimes the Pirates need to work with what they have :)
26 2 / 2014
The most mediatic acquisitions of 2013
Blogpost by: Daniela Monteiro - Co-Founder of Startup Pirates
WhatsApp just got acquired and you couldn’t hear about anything else last week. That’s it, acquisitions are sexy, they always make you feel curious and you try to understand what brought a company to be that much attractive and what are the goals of the big one by acquiring the other.
This is often an exit strategy for lots of startups and the big companies can this way take competitors out of the market, scale up in a particular sector, diversify into new markets, get experienced staff, acquire technology or reverse into a business that is performing better.
2013 was an interesting year considering this topic. Here you have 4 of the most mediatic acquisitions of 2013.
Since Marissa Meyer took charge of Yahoo, the company became news because of its acquisitions, specially in mobile. Summly was acquired by Yahoo in March 2013, which was very controversial at the time, in part because it was created by a 15-year old (17 by then), the app only had 18 months, not many users, no revenue and no technical skills behind. So, what would make Yahoo acquire Summly? Part of its technology was based on a licensing arrangement with SRI, the same company that developed Siri at first. Accessing to the license could have motivated the agreement. What mattered was the algorithmic summation and the app was going to be closed down. 18 by now, Nick D’Aloisio, is the Product Manager of Yahoo News Digest, a direct evolution of Summly presented on 7 January 2014 at CES in Las Vegas.
Yahoo has spent about $1.15 billion on 10 companies in the first half of the year, purchasing six in the second quarter alone. So, the list is long, but I want to talk you about Tumblr.
Tumblr had 300 million monthly unique visitors and was growing by 120,000 signups every day, it had 900 new posts per second and 24 billion minutes spent on site each month. With the acquisition, Yahoo wanted to expand its own audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and to grow traffic by approximately 20%, mainly throughout people between 18 and 24, where Tumblr was stronger.
Some users accepted it because Tumblr was running out of money. But lots of them complained about the deal because they didn’t identify with Yahoo.
Marissa Meyer published on her Tumblr: “We promise not to screw it up. Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO.”
Meanwhile, Karp calmed down his users: “We’re not turning purple”.
Nokia, the world’s largest vendor of mobile phones from 1998 to 2012, was acquired by Microsoft for EUR 5.44 billion in cash, about $7.17 billion in U.S. dollars. As part of the agreement, Nokia engineers and CEO Stephen Elop joined Microsoft.
The relationship between the two companies is not recent. Since 2011, Nokia stopped using Symbian as their mobile operating system and focused on Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
Developed by the Israeli start-up Waze Mobile, the app has sparked interest from Facebook and other companies. But ultimately, Google won the deal, adding now a social data aspect to its mapping business. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. You can join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info.
Google has now map user engagement and some features Google Maps was lacking like report of accidents or police presence. And they kept the technology away from the interest of the competition.
It seems 2014 started very promising and it will produce a lot of material for a good article in the beginning of 2015.
Blogpost by: Daniela Monteiro - Co-Founder of Startup Pirates
24 2 / 2014
Meet a Pirate: Mara Steiu
Mara Steiu, just won Startup Pirates @ Cluj-Napoca. She’s a high school student, passionate about Mathematics, Economy and Business. Her biggest passion is ballroom dancing (was a national champion in this sport) and also loves playing the piano. She likes to continuously challenge herself and tries to do something new every single day (for how much insignificant or significant it is). Life motto: “Screw it, let’s do it.”, like Richard Branson says.
Mara, could you share with us your experience during Startup Pirates @ Cluj-Napoca?
It was very exciting for me to be the youngest pirate. I took it as a challenge, and I gave my best in order to succeed. It was an unforgettable experience for me: I learned many useful tips from professionists, which are going to help me so much in the future, I created a network of like-minded people, who are passionate and sooo open-minded. I found my team, an awesome one, to great people with whom I’m going to work in the project and without whom my idea wouldn’t have won any prizes. Startup Pirates represented the first step of my long journey in the world of entrepreneurship. What is more important, it made me fall in love with this „career option” (all the risks and the satisfaction it offers), made me tase a very small part of it. And I like it.
What do you want to achieve in:
the next month:
I hope that next month my team will find the (great) results from our application for Launch Hub and we also want to write a very good application for another international ideas competition, which has education as a main theme. I will also have fun with my friends, definitely.
the next year
For the next year, I want to travel to another continent like America or Africa. My biggest wish is that our financial educational game proves to be successful and people like it. We want many users on our game, but also customers.
the next 10 years:
Hmm… 10 years? I want to achieve many things in ten years. I want to open more businesses, to learn from my own mistakes but more from other people’s mistakes (at some extent, I do agree with Bismark’s quotation “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”) .I want to meet my two role models (Richard Branson and Robert Kiyosaki), to be a successful entrepreneur, to travel the whole globe. To take part in the Davos World Economic Forum at least for once, to have the chance to work on Wall Street for one year (I don’t need more than one year, because it’s really stressful) and , of course, to appear on the „Forbes” Magazine. Whatever I will do, I will have fun at the same time, meet new people continuously and make new friends.
Who are your role models? Why?
As I previously mentioned, my role models in life are Richard Branson and Robert Kiyosaki. But, my main role model in life is my mother, who taught me everything I know and who made me think and behave like a winner, in any circumstances. As for Richard Branson and Robert Kiyosaki, their flexibility, open-mindedness and willingness to take risks and to give life to their ideas inspires me really much. And, Richards Branson’s humour and love for fun always makes me feel good and in love with this world of entrepreneurship, which can give you so much satisfaction and diversity. You never get bored.
What do you want to say to people that are thinking about applying to a Startup Pirates event or are about to join one?
If you are thinking about applying, you should stop thinking and apply as soon as possible, definitely. It’s not only a place where you can express your ideas, receive mentorship and valuable tips, but it’s more about that atmosphere, about the people you get to know. You have the unique opportunity to create a network of like-minded, passionate people who are willing to share with you and help you with anything you need. And, the best thing, it’s not only a week, it’s for life. Once you become a pirate, you are a pirate.
If you are about to join one, you are not going to regret it.
18 2 / 2014
The Pirate Quiz - Are you a Captain?
After a long research, after generating hypothesis, applying a scientific, reproductive and highly reliable method, we finally found the formula to understand your pirate profile.
This is an ultra secret algorithm. No man in the crew shall reveal it, otherwise walking the plank will be the penalty.
Meanwhile, you can try to understand what’s your place in the ship. Are you a Captain? Good luck pal, may the good winds be with you…
Here’s the one and only PIRATE QUIZ!
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